Turning off the light is a key part of our bedtime routine, but our inability to turn off bright lights outside the home could be stopping us getting enough sleep, according to one charity.
Emma Marrington, rural policy campaigner at The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said: “Light pollution damages the character of the countryside, blurs the distinction between town and country, and denies people the experience of a dark, starry sky.
“But this isn’t just about the effect on star gazing or countryside. Light pollution can disrupt wildlife and badly affect people’s sleeping patterns.”
Ms Marrington’s comments mark the launch of a joint campaign by the CPRE and British Astronomical Association’s Campaign for Dark Skies (CfDS) who are calling for the members of the public to part in Star Count Week to find out how dark our skies are at night.